Attention getter. Summary of story or definition of irony present. Clearly worded thesis that states position and the main support of the essay.

Partial summary of story / mention of irony present.  Thesis that states position and most points of support.

No summary / definition.  Thesis states, “in this essay I am going to….”  Fails to mention points of support.

Introduction difficult to identify. Preview statement is just first line of first paragraph.


Clear expression of main points in relation to the thesis.  Logical progression of ideas.  Transitions between main points.

Main points clear with minimal repetition.  Relatively logical progression of ideas. 

Main points distinguishable from one another.  Points are repetitive or are extensions of other points.  Unclear connection b/t points.

Unclear main points / only one primary point discussed throughout the body. More than 1 idea in each paragraph / only one long body paragraph.




Uses 2 or more quotes / paraphrases for each main point.  Clear and meaningful explanation of quotes in relation to larger argument.

Uses 1 quote / paraphrase for each main point.  Explanation of quote made in relation to main point.  Most support connected to larger argument.

Uses 2 quote / paraphrase in essay.  Unclear explanation of quotes in relation to main point or larger argument.

Fewer than 2 quotes / paraphrase for support throughout.  Weak, missing, or unclear explanation to point or larger argument.

Quotes / Paraphrase

Properly formatted with tags and citations.  No errors in formatting.

Properly formatted with tags and citations. 1-2 minor errors in formatting.

Missing tags or citations.  3 or more errors in formatting.

 “Floating quotes:” no tag, citation, or explanation.  Multiple errors in formatting.


Exigency: The “Jerry Springer” final thought

Well-worded summary of main ideas in relation to thesis. Includes creative, poignant exigency.

Summarizes main ideas without repeating wording in the introduction.  Exigency present. 

Summarizes main ideas but repeats wording from introduction.  Exigency present, but repeats thesis.

Unclear or lacking summary.  Unclear or repetitious wording. Weak or lacking exigency.